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Headstones (band)

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OriginKingston, Ontario, Canada
GenresHard rock, alternative rock, post-grunge
Years active1987 (1987)–2003 (2003)
2011 (2011)–present
LabelsCadence Music, Frostbyte Media, Maple Music, MCA
Associated actsHugh Dillon Redemption Choir
MembersHugh Dillon
Trent Carr
Tim White
Steve Carr
Rickferd Van Dyk
Jesse Labovitz
Past membersMark Gibson
Dale Harrison

Headstones are a Canadian punk-influenced[1] alternative rock band that began in 1987 in Kingston[2] and were active until 2003, subsequently reforming in 2011.[3] The band consists of vocalist Hugh Dillon, guitarist Trent Carr, and bassist Tim White. They frequently sold out at small and mid-sized venues and were known for their high energy live shows, particularly the antics of Dillon, who interacted with his audience in a variety of ways more rock less super shock.[4] The songwriting tackled many serious and controversial topics.

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We're really paying homage to all those people in the past 'cause we wouldn't have had these rhyme schemes, we wouldn't have had these ideas if it wasn't for any of those people. Bone Thugs DMX Slick Rick Eminem Biggie Smalls Wu-Tang Snoop Dogg I don’t wanna keep saying these names. We’re gonna go all day long. DMX I said DMX. DMX People don't care about the past like at all really. I think that's why this song is cool because we're paying homage and not in a cheesy way. We're just really doing lyrical exercises which is what hip-hop is about making references and I think it came kinda natural to us because we listen to hip hop all day long. We weren't really sitting down, "How do we make the craziest rap song?" We just rapped. Hell on Earth, that's a Mobb Deep track but it's also ... What I'm really talking about is ‘Vacation in Hell’ is the title of our album. It's like making the best out of a bad situation. I think Eric used the word headstone. We use death stuff a lot. We refer to death a lot so you run out of words. People could fill that shit in and say whatever they want. They don't gotta say, “Money over bitches.” It's just the idea of like whatever you live by. I'm living this shit so much. You gotta put that on my shit when I'm dead. Sometimes with this rap shit, they put everyone in the same discussion that does not belong in the discussion. There's emcees, they're entertainers, there are rappers, there are TV actors that have albums. I'm really saying, "Your favorite rapper name," not your favorite emcee. There's two different things. I'm talking about rappers. I'm not talking about any of the people I named, anybody cut from that cloth. I'm talking about the other cloth. Terry cloth. Very soft. I was thinking about Terror Squad but Terror Squad didn't really flex. You feel what I'm saying? So it was more like terrordome is a place that could be earth or whatever your perspective as being something really, really fucked up and bad. It's a terrordome. It's the worst thing that could possibly be on Earth. I went back in high school freshman year, listened to tons of N.W.A. Listened to tons of Eazy-E. Figured out the origins, the stories, everything, the beefs. ‘Eazy-Duz-It’ that was the one that stuck to me the most. Immortal Technique is a beast. He's one of the best ever to do it. He's a revolutionary in a sense. He's not afraid to talk about the things that's going on in the world. I'm a revolutionary too. A ghetto revolutionary. I don't want to just talk about fucking diamonds all the time but I do have the diamonds so I'm a revolutionary shining. You know what I'm saying? I'm everything. Biggie Smalls is definitely my favorite of all time. I got a tattoo of him, portrait right here. Our whole Zombie ideology is about being born again. Me and Meech, we had psychedelic experiences. When you have these experiences, you feel like your ego dies. We born again. We died and came back to life, so we're zombies. You know? We're walking dead. I was literally at the end of the verse and I'm like, "I need to fit Ice Cube in there." Amerikkka’s Most with the three K’s. You know what I'm saying? Corruption. It’s a white man’s world. ‘Tip Drill’ video was crazy ‘cause Nelly was wildin’ and that video used to come on BET Uncut late at night. I used to stay up late to hope that it would come on because it wasn't like now you could just go type 'Tip Drill.' This shit was like 'Tip Drill' gotta come on TV. When it came on, you knew what time it was, bro. It was like one of the most craziest videos. All these girls asses out and some of the craziest cakes I've ever seen in my life, bro. My brother used to play ‘Protect Ya Neck’ all the time to the point where the beginning part when he's like, "Hey man. Yo what's up, man. Yo, you coolin' man? Yeah, yo you know when I call, you know what you gotta play, right? Oh, Wu-Tang again and again! Ohh!” That whole shit plays in my head all the time. I like aggression in Hip-Hop. I like competition, so I figure I would start with the biggest troll of all time, 50 Cent. By the way, that's not a diss to Ja Rule. I love Ja Rule. That's one of my favorite. If you don't hear it in my voice... people don't notice it. I love Ja Rule so I'm in no way, shape, or form dissing him, by the way. I just couldn't find the perfect Ja Rule songs to fit in here so ... Shout out Ja. I love you, man. I'm not dissing you. "Hi, My Name Is" is actually my least favorite Eminem song. That's why I used that line because it's so annoying in a good way. It's like genius. Eminem is one of the best. He helped push our pen to another level and every now and then I go back and listen to Em from "Infinite" on. We had a show us, Underachievers, Mobb Deep. They brought us out on stage for "Shook Ones." It was one of my favorite experiences ever in life. Every time we ever met those guys, they showed us the most love ever. Prodigy's one of my favorite rappers ever. I tell people all the time, there was a time in the world where Prodigy was the best rapper on the planet Earth. Go back and listen. I know what Illuminati is because of that guy. I know what a lot of shit is because of that man. That man has taught me a lot. Thank you Prodigy. I wanted to put the "Sound of the Police" song in there because I don't think these young kids get enough chance to hear these old guys They're scared to listen and I know if they see somebody they like or they look up to mention KRS-One. They not gonna be afraid to go listen now. It's a Nas song where he talks in the perspective of a weapon. I think that's one of the most important songs in rap. If you want to take lyricism and writing and concepts. You have to know that song. Boot Camp Clik. Another real solid, super New York ... I hate to say that 'cause it scares people when you say that, but that's like the definition and the epitome of New York. I had Bucktown written before I said any lyrics. I just had the word Bucktown. There's certain words I knew I had to say. Those are other terminologies that these kids don't use now. They don't know about. I need them to know about. So I was like, "Fuck that. We gonna say Bucktown." Go listen to "The War Report" please. Capone-N-Noreaga got the real street shit. That real New York shit. Niggas wouldn't be wearing camouflage if it wasn't for them. "T.O.N.Y." is one of my favorite songs ever, and I want to be on that eating show with Noreaga so I'm hoping that he hears that.



The band signed to MCA Records in 1993 and released an album, Picture of Health, that year[5] with original drummer Mark Gibson; Gibson left the band after touring for Picture of Health was over. Dale Harrison was recruited for the follow-up Teeth and Tissue in 1995. In 1996 the Headstones received Juno Award nominations for Best Group and Best Rock Album, and released Smile and Wave that same year. Three years later Nickels for Your Nightmares was released, in which time Carr and Harrison became fathers and Dillon recovered from a drug addiction.[3]

The band released one more album, on MapleMusic, entitled The Oracle of Hi-Fi,[6] before breaking up in 2003.[7]

Breakup and reunion

After the band broke up in 2003, Dillon started a new band, the Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir, whose debut album The High Co$t of Low Living was released in June 2005. Dillon has also found success in acting, appearing in several films, including Hard Core Logo, Dance Me Outside, Trailer Park Boys: The Movie, Assault on Precinct 13 and the TV series Durham County, Degrassi: The Next Generation and Flashpoint and Continuum. In addition, their song "Come On" was featured in the videogame Triple Play 2002, and was also the theme for the Canadian version of the sketch comedy show, Comedy Inc.

White went on to become a music producer and composer for television and film, working at Imprint Music.

Three of the original band members (Dillon, Carr & White) reunited for four shows in February 2011 for a mini tour. They played at Sound Academy in Toronto, Barracuda Pretty in St. Catharines, The Venue in Peterborough and Norma Jean's in London. The band also played eight shows in December 2011: two in Vancouver and one each in Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto,[8] London, Guelph, Peterborough and Niagara Falls, New York.

Releases since 2011

After reforming the band and getting back onstage, Dillon and the rest of the Headstones went back into the studio to record a new album. Released in 2013, Love + Fury was crowdfunded through PledgeMusic, before being released by Universal Music. The album garnered the band their first top 10 album, and a #1 hit single.

They followed this up in 2014 with One in the Chamber Music, another crowdfunded album, and their first ever vinyl offering in 2015.

Their latest album Little Army, was released on June 2, 2017 on Cadence Music. The band gave their fans an exclusive behind the scenes look into the making of the album, in real time, and includes #1 hit single 'Devil's On Fire'.


Studio albums

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
1993 Picture of Health - Platinum
1995 Teeth and Tissue 62 Gold
1997 Smile and Wave 36 Gold
2000 Nickels for Your Nightmares 34
2002 The Oracle of Hi-Fi 47
2013 Love + Fury 7
2014 One in the Chamber Music
2015 Fuck It - Vinyl
2017 Little Army 26

Compilation albums

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
2001 The Greatest Fits 43


Year Title Peak Chart Position Certifications Album

CAN Content (Cancon)
1993 "When Something Stands for Nothing" 71 Platinum[10] Picture of Health
"It's All Over" 1
1994 "Tweeter and the Monkey Man"
"Three Angels" 3
1995 "Unsound" 58 Teeth and Tissue
"Hearts, Love & Honour"
1997 "Cubically Contained" 20 13 Smile and Wave
"Smile and Wave" 57 14
2000 "Settle" 4 Nickels for Your Nightmares
"Blonde and Blue" 8
2001 "Come On" The Greatest Fits
2002 "Reframed (Every Single Failure)" The Oracle of Hi-Fi
2003 "Tiny Teddy"
2013 "Long Way To Neverland" 87 1 Love + Fury
"Far Away from Here"
2014 "Colourless" - 17 One In The Chamber Music
2017 "Devil's On Fire" 1 Little Army
"Broken" 6

See also


  1. ^ McEwan, Paul (2011). Bruce McDonald's 'Hard Core Logo'. University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division. p. 31. ISBN 1442612738.
  2. ^ LeBlanc, Larry (5 February 1994). "The Next Sounds... You'll Hear". Billboard. 106 (6): 50.
  3. ^ a b "The Headstones". The Canadian Pop Encyclopedia,
  4. ^ "Hugh Dillon changes direction" Archived 2017-03-31 at the Wayback Machine.. MIKE ROSS, Edmonton Sun, Sep 9, 2005
  5. ^ " Hard-rocking Headstones driven by soft spot". Barrie Advance, Nov 13, 2015. By Laurie Watt
  6. ^ "Straight man" Archived 2017-03-31 at the Wayback Machine.. Canoe: Showbiz, DARRYL STERDAN. Nov 30, 2004
  7. ^ "'Gasoline and fire'". By Greg Burliuk, Kingston Whig-Standard, December 20, 2013
  8. ^ "REVIEWS: Headstones – [Live]". Ground Control. Archived from the original on 21 August 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  9. ^ Peak positions for Headstones' albums on Canadian Albums Chart:
  10. ^ a b c "Gold/Platinum". Music Canada. Retrieved 2011-07-09.
  11. ^ "On The Charts: June 12, 2017". FYIMusicNews. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  12. ^ "Headstones Top Singles positions". RPM. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
  13. ^ "The Headstones – Awards". allmusic. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
  14. ^ "Headstones Rock/Alternative positions". RPM. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
  15. ^ "Headstones Canadian Content positions". RPM. Retrieved 2010-02-01.

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